Follow along with us as we cover the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft!
Tonight’s the night as the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is finally here, and we will see who the Seattle Kraken pick as they build the first roster in franchise history.
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We’ve waited a while for this moment, as has Seattle General Manager Ron Francis who will now finally be able to get to work as he attempts to put a competitive roster on the ice ahead of the Kraken’s inaugural season in the NHL in 2020-21.
All of the festivities will take place at Gas Works Park in Seattle and will be broadcast on ESPN2 from 8:00 P.M. Eastern Time, with the NHL’s 32nd franchise expected to put on quite the show.
Granted, a lot of the team’s reported picks were leaked on social media throughout the day but, despite that, it is believed that Francis has a number of side deals lined up with other teams and that should ensure that there will be a few surprises throughout the night.
Overall, it is going to be a historic night for both the National Hockey League and the Seattle Kraken, and we are going to be covering tonight’s 2021 NHL Expansion Draft as every single pick is made, so make sure you follow along with us!
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Thank you for following along tonight and make sure you keep visiting Puck Prose over the next few days for a full breakdown of what went down tonight, in addition to buildup to the 2021 NHL Entry Draft!
3 quick observations from the 2021 #NHLExpansionDraft…
1. Mark Giordano isn’t going anywhere and could wear the C
2. This Kraken team will be very, very tough to play against on a night-to-night basis
3. They have the cap space to get a star name if they wish #SeaKraken
— Puck Prose (@Puck_Prose) July 22, 2021
It does seem amazing that no trades or side deals were made tonight, but we know the Kraken will have a boatload of cap space with which to play with, so this roster is nowhere near the finished product just yet.
Here are all the picks made by the Seattle Kraken tonight…
The @SeattleKraken Expansion Draft is complete! 🦑
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 22, 2021
And that’s the 201 NHL Expansion Draft done and dusted!
What do you think of the selections made by the Seattle Kraken?
Last Few Picks
And the final pick is…
Seattle round out the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft with Vancouver Canucks forward Kole Lind, and the prospect will hope to develop into a key part of this roster for the Kraken.
We’re nearly coming to the end now…
Like the Golden Knights did with the likes of William Karlsson, the Seattle Kraken will hope that they have found an unpolished gem in San Jose Sharks forward Alexander True.
Another big-bodied defenseman for the Seattle Kraken, and they are certainly setting up to be tough to play against.
Adam Larsson is Seattle’s pick from the Edmonton Oilers, and the pending Free Agent signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Kraken earlier.
The Seattle Kraken take Calgary Flames Captain Mark Giordano and, given that he is on the stage, it doesn’t appear likely that he will be involved in any trades as was reported earlier.
And don’t be surprised if he wears the C on his chest for the Kraken.
The Seattle Kraken take defenseman Haydn Fleury from the Anaheim Ducks, pairing two brothers together with Cale selected earlier.
Another good forward option for the Kraken – I like this forward group so far.
I love this pick. Vince Dunn hasn’t lived up to his potential yet but a change of scenery could do him wonders, and he could be Seattle’s version of Shea Theodore with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Another good pick for the Kraken who get a versatile forward in Calle Jarnkrok, who can play in all situations.
Marshawn Lynch is now on TV and you can’t get more Seattle than Beast Mode. He is making the pick from the Nashville Predators.
Tanev in the Building
Chris Tanev was one of the selections in Seattle tonight, and he looks pretty good in that incredible Seattle road jersey. We can’t wait to see these in action!
Big, Bad Defensemen
Carson Soucy is another big-bodied defenseman and he, like Oleksiak, will give the Kraken an intimidating presence in their own zone. A sneaky good pick from the Minnesota Wild.
As mentioned earlier, Jamie Oleksiak is the Kraken’s pick from the Dallas Stars, and the pending Free Agent signed a four-year deal with Seattle earlier today. The big, bodied defenseman will be a huge player for this team.
John Quenneville could be used as trade bait or just provide depth, while Joonas Donskoi is a very, very good pick by the Kraken. He will provide great forward depth.
The Picks Continue
It has just been revealed that the Kraken will play the Vancouver Canucks in their 2021-22 home opener on Oct. 23.
That is quite a tasty showdown for the first-ever regular season home game in Seattle franchise history.
The Kraken take their third goalie of the day in Vitek Vanecek, who should battle for the No.1 starter role with Chris Driedger.
I love this pick. Brandon Tanev is a hitting machine, a human wrecking ball and, it may be just us, but he seems right at home in Seattle already.
The Kraken fans will love this guy.
Okay, maybe not because this was one of the picks leaked earlier, but given who else the Flyers had left unprotected, you have to wonder if the Kraken have a side deal in place.
Picks Are Rolling In
Colin Blackwell enjoyed a career-year for the New York Rangers in 2020-21 with 22 points (12 G, 10 A) in 47 games, and he will provide a lot of energy from a bottom-six role for the Kraken.
The Kraken take forward Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders – who was just on stage rocking Seattle’s road jersey – and he should provide a real offensive punch from the top-six.
Former NHL forward Dominic Moore chucking a fish to another former forward in J.T. Brown – only in Seattle!
A player the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for on Sunday as insurance for Alexander Kerfoot, the Kraken get a versatile forward who can play in the bottom six and on the penalty kill.
This pick was expected, but the Kraken get a two-time Stanley Cup Champion in Yanni Gourde, who will bring plenty of energy, grit and soul to that third-line.
The Seattle Kraken take their second goaltender in Ottawa Senators prospect Joey Daccord
Artist Macklemore is on stage to present the Edmonton Oilers pick, and he just oozes swag!
The Kraken take defenseman Cale Fleury from the Habs
First Goalie Off The Board
As expected, the Seattle Kraken select goaltender Chris Driedger from the Florida Panthers, and he is in attendance.
Boy, he rocks that Seattle jersey!
The Picks are in!
Funnily enough, the Detroit Red Wings was the only team not to have their pick leaked today.
The first three picks are in and they are all defensemen for the Seattle Kraken…
Expansion Draft Content
While we wait for the first pick, catch up on some of our 2021 NHL Expansion Draft Content…
- 2021 Expansion Draft Primer
- An idiot’s guide to the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft
- Looking at Expansion history in the NHL
- The Kraken’s 3 best non-picks
Seattle General Manager Ron Francis is on stage now – hopefully the first pick will be made shortly. Some players will be in attendance tonight, although only five or six.
Kraken Gets a D
Per Elliotte Friedman of Sportnet, the Kraken have signed Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a five-year contract with a AAV of $4.6 million.
Oleksiak will count as Dallas’ selection for Seattle.
Seattle Gets The Memo
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman enters the stage and he’s promptly booed by those in attendance.
To be fair to Gary, he did acknowledge the boos and said that it is a sign the Seattle Kraken are ready for NHL hockey.
Some of the excitement of tonight’s event was taken away with the majority of Seattle’s picks leaked on social media throughout the day.
However, as was the case with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, side deals are a thing and we could see a number of trades go down tonight as the Kraken look to take on draft picks for either taking on salary or for not taking a certain player.
Here We Go!
We are just minutes away from the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft and the setup in Seattle looks absolutely amazing.
the stage is set. pic.twitter.com/SZSEYIREv5
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 21, 2021
While the Vegas Golden Knights reset the blueprint for expansion teams on and off the ice, we have a feeling that the Kraken are going to be a fun team to watch given who they have in the front office and in their ownership group.